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Has there ever been a widespread spiritual awakening? Or is it happening now?

My answer to both questions is absolutely not. First, I will describe what I mean by spiritual awakening; which can also be called by countless other terms like salvation, atonement, moksha, nirvana, or being saved.

People who claim to have spiritually awakened describe the experience as an all-encompassing freedom whereby our problems end. An awareness of spirit identity emerges as the whole truth, bringing with it a feeling of uninterrupted inner peace and joy. Spiritual awakening means the abolishment of fear, a sense of limitless love for oneself and for all creatures, a life of righteous truth, and an ongoing awareness of the present moment. Guilt from the past is relinquished and worries about the future end. This state is very real (if also subtle), and it is the ultimate experience of being. 

I do experience the state of spiritual awakening almost daily, but never quite as a continuous state. People, like me, who have experienced a spiritual awakening even once instantly recognize it as the only solution to the world's problems. Upon this recognition, we are naturally called upon to share what we have found...to teach others so that they, too, may heal. Unfortunately, no matter how we try to share it, no one is really interested in healing. Why is this?

Even in rare instances when people do open up enough to experience spiritual awakening, we stop short of going all the way. Through various teachings, millions of people have succeeded in awakening on the individual level, but salvation cannot endure as only an individual experience. Any awakening that requires solitude or carefully-constructed protection is not an awakening; only a vacation from the world.

To live continuously in truth, we would need to face the world while not yielding to it. We would need a perfect, unshakable collective faith in our spiritual enlightenment that is so strong that nothing in the world would ever tempt us to step away from our deep knowing of God's love. To do this as an individual might get you hung on the cross; but to do it collectively would finally end the 4,000+ year grip that the ego (the anti-Christ) has had on humanity.

To maintain perfect faith (i.e. the state of ongoing spiritual awakening) means that we cannot act in ways that directly oppose what we believe. It means living eternal truths and withdrawing from anything related to the tragic errors of the world. The lies, the attacks, the corruption, the injustice, the violent institutions of the world and the fiat currencies we are meant to worship as our idols must be called by their proper name if spiritual awakening is ever going to be widespread and continuous for any of us.

So far, in response to any major challenges to our faith, we always become fearful. We just back down every time and everyone just complies with what is normal because we are afraid. Despite our best intentions, the result is that we try to serve two masters and, by doing so, we always slip from nirvana. Nothing ever changes because we don't come together to make a different choice. What we see as impossible (the healing of the world) is only so because we choose for it to be so.

There can be no true collective spiritual awakening or consciousness revolution unless we are willing to fully join together in truth to embrace only that which is real. The violent systems and the people who serve them would surely mock us and then try to terrify us with threats and punishments. Yet, because the truth is beyond threat, if a massive number of people decided to live in this superior state of being and really meant it, then things would change. 

It isn't that the consciousness revolution is impossible or that no one knows the way. A very real alternative is presented in the eBook The Switch and with the I Am by Infobeing mobile app. This is just one clear path toward a consciousness revolution and there are countless others. Yet, no real shift has ever happened throughout history and I don't expect it to happen now. The ego's grip on everyone is far too strong.

I don't know anyone who would even agree with this post; yet I know this to be true and so I continue in perfect love and openness anyway.

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Forgiveness is an empty gesture unless it entails correction. (A Course in Miracles)

Forgiveness is not a judgment; rather, a decision to look past error to see the truth in oneself and in others. It is also a decision to correct the error, which is to heal.

The miracle is love, and what is love but forgiveness? To love oneself is to properly forgive oneself. Proper forgiveness is not making a sin real and then trying to make it "who you are" and accept it. To make sin real at all would be a judgment, and forgiveness involves no judgment. Absent of judgment, there can be no guilt, no shame, and no consideration of punishment in forgiveness. Forgiveness is only concerned with seeing an error where it exists and then correcting it so that we may heal.

When I say that you are not guilty, I mean that your identity is never your error; rather, the truth of your innocence beyond it. To heal is to correct all that is not real about you, leaving only the innocence, only the love as your only intention. A Course in Miracles states, "Sin is where love is not." To sin only means you acted without love, and the correction for this is to act with love. Once error has been corrected, what is there to be held guilty for or ashamed about?

True love is, indeed, true forgiveness and forgiveness is love. You know that you are loved by someone else when you know that you are accepted completely, seen and trusted for the good in you, and not judged or held guilty of anything. This is the holy relationship, rooted only in truth and free from all the errors of ego. The ego cannot survive true love because the holy relationship, absent of any negativity or drama, gently works to expose it and correct it. The result is pure, lasting bliss. When this has been experienced, then ego is no longer wanted.

Forgiveness is not saying "you're a sinner but that's okay." Here there is no love, no relationship at all, only apathy and despair. Forgiveness is only concerned with healing, whereby we instantly see all error as unreal and we correct it by making real the truth of what we are. 

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I hope that the 2020s come to be known as the decade of self-love

Today, most people loath themselves. We obsess over our flaws, worry endlessly about our problems, and carry an enormous amount of guilt and shame. Yesterday, I wrote that your innocence needs no defense; but most people don't believe it.

To feel guilt and shame is to not see the truth about our errors. Our supposed sins could only have been reactions to fear. People do desperate things because we are afraid.

At our core, we crave that feeling of enjoyment, happiness, safety, peace, and bliss. We want that good feeling more than anything else. The need is so strong that we are tempted to do almost anything to have it. How ironic is it that the need to feel good is the supposed justification for all the harm we do to one another, while we only feel lousy because of all the harm we do to one another? The world teaches that this insanity is necessary, and we learn to believe it even as we learn to hate ourselves.

In fear, we have all made so many tragic errors. The insanity is this: fear is the cause of everything we fear. Fear isn't a reaction to a problem; rather, the cause. Because of fear, we lie and deceive. This causes ongoing suffering and then all-out crisis when the lies are exposed. We also seek personal gain by taking from or diminishing others. We even make others feel bad only so that we might feel better. The result; nobody is really happy and we end up hating ourselves.

To love yourself is to find out that you already have the capacity for perfect love, enjoyment, happiness, safety, peace and bliss within. Now having learned this, you can then forgive yourself for all those desperate errors of fear. There's nothing wrong with you, it's just that you've been following the insane paths of the world. All the world's paths can only lead to suffering and death. There is no difference between any of them.

There is only one path which is different, and it is the path of self-love. When all your actions are loving, all your words are true, and you are also willing to create value by serving others, then all your needs will be met and you will have nothing to fear. Now your self-love can be extended to the world so that your inner and outer reality come into alignment with your purest needs. My hope for the next decade is that your self-love transforms your life and the whole world.

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Your innocence needs no defense

You are innocent. That which is true needs no defense for it to remain true.

Attacks upon your innocence are never real and therefore do not need a reaction.

This is the path away from insanity, where you are always comfortable and safe in the truth of what you are.

You’ve always known that you are innocent. All else you have learned to believe about yourself is untrue and can now be forgotten.

Guilt is also untrue of others, and can also be forgotten. They too are innocent. This is forgiveness, and through forgiveness all the world can heal in one holy instant.

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There was something formless and perfect before the universe was born.

“It is serene, empty, solitary, unchanging, infinite, eternally present. It is the mother of the universe. For lack of a better name, I call it the Tao.”

-Tao Te Ching 25

That formless perfection is, always has been, and always will be. The Tao is the same thing as consciousness or God; the unchanging source of all life and the return destination after death. Consciousness is in the nothingness — the eternal realm that cannot be grasped, perceived, threatened or changed. 

Nothingness can be easily experienced by gazing into the night sky, by contemplating the empty space in a room, or simply by looking within. 99.999999% of the universe is this — the realm of everything that matters.

Matter, in a relative sense, doesn’t matter. In material form there is chaos, change, decay, and confusion. We come into this world as spirit made flesh and we maintain this eternal identity. Spirit is eternal and flesh is temporary. To know our spirit identity is salvation, enlightenment, awakening.

Everything that matters most exists in this realm beyond our physical senses: love, health, wisdom, peace, excitement, and feeling good. To experience this as our ongoing state, we need only awaken to consciousness.

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He who stands on tip-toe, doesn’t stand firm.

He who rushes ahead doesn’t go far.

He who tries to shine dims his own light.

He who defines himself can’t know who he really is.

He who has power over others can’t empower himself.

He who clings to his work will create nothing that endures.

If you want to accord with the Tao, just do your job then let go.

-          Tao Te Ching 24

True greatness seems absent of ambition. Ambition is the ego clinging to a result; while greatness is of spirit. The ego waits for salvation in time, while spirit is already perfect. Ego seeks gratification through the validation of others, spirit is already complete on a level that is beyond validation.

The mind is all about will-power, self-discipline, goal-setting, and beating yourself up for not always achieving what you set out to achieve.  But true success is what happens, absent of ambition, when we are humble, vulnerable and aligned with the thought system of perfect love. To live and create in love is to let ambition go, safe in the knowledge that you don’t need it.

Love, the energy of consciousness that carries with it complete knowledge, is always the answer and needs no validation. What is ambition for when there is nothing more to aspire to beyond love and perfect love is effortless?

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The world isn’t here to make you happy; rather, to make you conscious.

When problems arise, our minds tell us that they ought not be happening. Plans fail, then we feel unjustly trapped within a life that we ought not have. Love relationships fail to deliver salvation, so we feel as though we are with the wrong partner.

If life isn’t easy, it is by design. Challenges push us toward awakening. The failure, the suffering, it is there to push us further. If a bit of suffering doesn’t inspire growth, we are given more. Cling to ego and the suffering escalates even more.

To go beyond suffering is to experience a holy instant — an awakening to the eternal present moment, an acceptance of all that is, a decision to trade all fear for complete faith in perfect love. Awakening first happens in an instant and then, by then establishing a daily spiritual practice, can last forever.

The world shows us everything consciousness is not so that, through contrast, we can know what it is. Consciousness wants to come into this world through us — carrying with it the divine knowledge and lasting bliss of perfect love. Our challenges are not problems at all; rather, only powerful reminders to go deeply into consciousness.

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Be willing to judge the ego’s thought system with perfect honesty.

If you are perfectly honest with yourself, you know exactly what you want. Basically, you want to be happy. You want to feel good and have fun. You want to love and to be loved. You want positive new experiences. You want health, joy and peace.  

If you are perfectly honest with yourself, you will admit that the normal way of thinking and behaving will never deliver what you deeply want and need. Even so, the unobserved mind (or ego) thinks that it is supreme; even as it spins out of control trying to figure everything out, impotently tries to control situations and people, and judges everything as either good or bad. It also wants to identify as superior to others; as if being more right or better is the path to happiness.  

The unobserved stream of thought is exhausting and the cause of illness and suffering. The ego robs us of bodily energy as it blinds us to reality. Here there is constant thinking but no knowing, endless seeking but no finding. If you believe that your mind, alone can figure out how to get what you most deeply want, then no amount of self-help reading, life coaching or therapy will do you any good. Revoke the ego's authority. What you want is beyond its range.  

Normal people have been taught, since grade school, to trust the rational mind as the guiding compass. While this outdated idea is well-intentioned, in practice we end up sacrificing everything at the altar of ego. What is sacrifice but absurd idea of giving up what you want to get it back at some point in the future? 

That voice in the head, if it were a roommate, is someone who you would have thrown out long ago. But, because the voice sounds like yours, most people think that everything it says is true (even when those internal arguments and counterarguments blow in the wind).  

To observe thought is to rest in your true identity as consciousness, then to smile at the roommate in the head without taking it seriously. Thoughts do serve a purpose, but only after the decision is made to place faith in honesty and truth. You are perfect consciousness made flesh, eternally perfect, and only the undoing of ego is required to remember.

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Do not try to look beyond yourself for truth. Truth is in you. (A Course in Miracles)

Happiness does not come in the form of money or possessions. Knowledge does not come from a university. Health does not come from a doctor. Authority has nothing to do with police or politicians.

Sure, money and possessions can add enjoyment to your life. University can sometimes lead to a better life situation. Access to health care when you need it is sometimes useful. Obeying the law is usually a good idea. Yet none of this has anything to do with truth.

We have become weak by the lessons of this world. The only teachings worth a damn are the kinds that give us permission to ignore all the manipulative voices of control, authority, and normalcy. We spend our lives trying to fit in, caring what people think, not saying what we mean or doing what we want. We sacrifice. We try to be normal. It is a game, and though we appear to get better at it in time, in time we also become more and more lost inside.

To become lost is to forget that you already have everything within. Lost, your fearful mind consumes your energy and awareness. Most people have become ill – barely noticing the vibrancy of life right before us in this eternal present moment.

Don't doubt what you know to be true. Go to this place every day and live from here. How do you know you are here? Because you feel good, you are inspired, and you know exactly what to do.

In presence, you become a source of love, creativity, beauty and inspiration. This is how you shine your light onto the world. Here total success and total abundance naturally flows from you and to you – though that is never the goal. The goal is only to exist in perfect truth and to not let anyone make you doubt it, hide it, or take it away. I know that this isn’t easy, but neither is the alternative.

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Unconditional acceptance and limitless space for total honesty – can relationships be this simple?

Yes. Relationships are this simple. If you can do this, then you have completely removed ego from the relationship so that it is a love relationship. Whatever happens now happens in love.

Give unconditional acceptance and limitless space for total honesty. Act as though you have already been given the same from your partner. Explain what you are doing and be consistent. It is best not to even negotiate this or ask for permission. If you are truly loving, then it is your divine right to live in truth. Aligned with love, you can know with perfect certainty that here is nothing wrong with what you want, need, or desire.  

What happens next in this type of relationship? Very quickly, you will either grow much closer together in loving bliss or you will calmly separate in loving understanding. One path offers pure joy, the other is temporarily very painful. It is up to your partner to decide whether to join you in the state of bliss that is your eternal right, your identity. Whatever happens, love and truth ultimately become the foundation of your life. This, you do want. 

Love is the energy of life, but it is an energy that can only flow through relationships that are based on unconditional acceptance and total honesty about everything. The thought system of perfect love enables you to easily accept everything and hide nothing. If you can do this, then you have transcended ego. Whether you call it enlightenment, awakening, or salvation, what is required is a total escape from ego.

Any person who decides they want it can easily learn how to transform their life by reading my books, following the teachings on the Abscondo blog, or starting some other true spiritual practice that extends to the dimension within and goes beyond the form-based, egoic structures of conventional religion.

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